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Monday, February 14, 2011

Savings in Car Repairs

My son Jack’s first assignment in the military was in North Dakota. That was his first time to be away from home. He was excited and worried at the same time. He didn’t have a car. First thing he did when he got to the airforce base was to look for a place to buy a car. He searched online, went to the car dealership, but with his limited income, he couldn’t afford a newer car. One day while walking along the cafeteria area, he saw an ad posted on the wall for a car for sale by owner. It was from another airforce personnel who is getting ready to leave the base to transfer. The owner was originally from Texas and had his car very well maintained by Dallas auto repair back when he was still in Texas. However, he was desperate to sell his Chevrolet Silverado because his next assignment was outside of the country. My son made an offer, gathered all his money and bought his first car that afternoon. He was very excited and proud of his first purchase. Next, he worked on his driving permit and passed it. I could tell he was very happy.

My husband advised him to take the car to the repair shop to get checked to make sure everything was working fine for his own safety. He took the car to the repair shop and the technician told him couple of things that needed to be fixed or replaced – wheel alignment, brake job, timing belt, windshield wiper and the heater. I told my son to go online and check http://repairpal.com/phoenix-auto-repair . The site gives you the option to get a price quote for the work that needs to be done in your car. He checked in, entered all the vehicle information and in a few minutes, there goes the price of the parts. He compared the pricing the technician had mentioned and compared it with the prices he got online. He negotiated and compared prices and the technician gave him discount on the parts that needed to be replaced. It was so worth the time he spent on comparing prices, he saved a lot of money and he felt safer knowing that his car is in good condition.

With the cost of repair these days, shopping around for prices of parts is worth it.

- by Chay-

9 comments:

  1. my sons have yet to figure out what they want to become when they grow up sis, i have such a long way to go...and enjoying each moment though, i am too afraid to drive...will gather my courage in the coming weeks, the hubby offered to teach me how to drive all over again:)

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  2. Well, since the car was in their care when it was hit, they need to take care of it, you should pay anything. You should also report them to the Better Business Bearu because this seems a bit rediculus and way too long just to fix a clutch and obviously their customer service sucks.

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  3. True, nothing beats canvasing! We are fortunate to be able to do this sitting comfortably at home. Thank God for online shopping! More power to Jack, PeChay! :)

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